Seth J Prins

is an Assistant Professor of Epidemiology and Sociomedical Sciences at Columbia University. His two programs of research concern the collateral consequences of mass incarceration for mental illness and substance use, and how the division and structure of labor influence mood disorders.

Washington Post - The perilous plight of middle managers

Ariana Eunjung Cha reports on our recent study on contradictory class locations:

It’s no wonder why middle managers are so often the punchline of work-related jokes. Sandwiched between bosses who sometimes overlook them and junior staff who sometimes resent them, you could argue that they have the most stressful jobs in the modern world.

Now researchers have quantified just how much this work weighs on their mental health.

In a study published in the journal Sociology of Health & Illness on Tuesday, researchers found that these middle managers were significantly more likely to suffer symptoms of depression and anxiety than their counterparts at the top or bottom of the workplace hierarchy.